Hey guys, sorry if this thread has already been made, but I was curious what songs make your bass “bucket list”. There’s a handful of songs that I desperately want to learn but I am not quite skilled enough yet to play. These are songs I come back to from time to time just to see if they’re any easier (they aren’t). It keeps me motivated to learn when I run into something that makes me feel like a total beginner again. I’ll share a few of mine - all of these I have tried and failed and tried and failed and….etc.
First on the list, and maybe one that will take me many years to learn
Primus - John The Fisherman
This is my favorite Primus song. I can’t for the life of me find the technique on the strumming bits of this one.
Stone Temple Pilots - Trippin’ On A Hole In A Paper Heart
This bass line is very fast and just relentless the whole way through. Robert DeLeo is an amazing bassist and I don’t hear him talked about much. Playing this line tires out my hands almost immediately. The rests here are like a 32nd note, can’t figure out how to play this at all.
XTC - Rocket From A Bottle
Another relentless bass line here from Colin Moulding. I have covered a couple XTC songs and neither of them were half as hard to play as this one. My fretting hand gives up after about 45 seconds. For a five note riff, this one sure is a pain in the forearm to play
It’s beyond my comprehension atm. I read the sheet music and took a few jabs at it but I just don’t get it. Hopefully when I grow up I’ll appreciate it and learn to play it properly., but for now I’ll settle this version of a TV jingle, lol.
I’ll echo this one. I used to run a Radio Shack store and I would have Primus’ Cheesy Home Video playing on the TVs on loop. I always worried when it would come to Claypool’s “John the Fisherman” introduction… “I don’t wanna introduce John the Fisherman. Eff that goddamned thing.”
But yeah, I loved to watch him play that song in that video, and longed to play it myself knowing I never would. Custom Carl Thompson 4-string with a Kahler tremolo. Gads I want one of those.
Time, practice, practice and more practice, and patience is all it takes. IMHO
One thing not mentioned enough on the forum is how long it takes to get a song down, assuming you want to play without a lead sheet.
If you ever get a chance ask someone in a working band. The answer may surprise you.
I might get some hate for this but I don’t really like Jaco
Don’t get me wrong, he was an amazing bass player but a lot of his music just doesn’t resonate with me. The song you posted, for example, is something I would never desire to play. To each their own I suppose!
@Reasonably_Happy i was such a huge offspring fan when I was in middle school! They do have some great bass lines and if I was you I would start with Pretty Fly for a White Guy. I ran through a few of their tunes last night and that one seems the easiest to learn (of their hits anyway).
@Wombat-metal Chris Squire was such a beast. So many legendary licks from Yes. Cape absolutely required.
@JustTim ahhh RadioShack. Unfortunately I was just a baby in the early 90’s so I never got to appreciate Les in his heyday. Wasn’t until the last few years that I really got into Primus and I am so glad I did. What a freak bassist. No one else like him.
God I love Cake so much. Such a fun and unique band. I haven’t tried to learn this one yet, I started with It’s Coming Down and Arco Arena (Instrumental) as those were much more playable for my skill level. I’ve almost finished Love You Madly and after that’s done I’m going to try Short Skirt/Long Jacket.